Orange Upside Down Cake

Orange Upside Down Cake

By using thin-skinned Valencia oranges, you don't need to remove the peel on your orange slices. They will soften and sweeten as they cook, almost like marmalade. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice



  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Using a 9-inch cast iron skillet, heat over medium-high heat and melt:
    • 2 TBS butter, unsalted
  3. When butter is bubbling and just starts to brown, stir in:
    • 2 TBS brown sugar, light , packed
  4. Cook until sugar has dissolved into the butter and starts to melt, then remove from heat. Spread sugar mixture evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  5. Thinly slice:
    • 2 Valencia oranges
  6. Arrange orange slices over the brown sugar into desired pattern and set aside.
  7. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together:
    • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/8 tsp salt
  8. In a large bowl, mix together until combined:
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup thick yogurt, plain Greek , *
    • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    • 2 TBS orange zest
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs, large
  9. In batches, mix flour mixture into yogurt mixture and stir until combined.
  10. Pour cake batter evenly over the orange slices in your cast iron pan.
  11. Place cake in the oven and cook for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
  13. Run a knife blade along the sides of the cake to insure a clean removal.
  14. Place serving plate over the cast iron skillet and carefully invert the cake. Keep the skillet on the plate until the cake falls into the plate.
  15. Remove skillet and allow cake to cool to room temperature, about 30 more minutes before serving.

Orange Upside Down Cake Detail

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Inactive Time: 40 min cooling time
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 slice

Cooking Tips: * Thick Greek yogurt, like the Fage brand, is used in this recipe. If you do can not find thick yogurt, drain your regular yogurt with a cheese cloth or coffee filter until it becomes thick like sour cream.